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Wild Things: Audubon's North American Mammals
Fall 2017

The artist and naturalist, John James Audubon, famous for his work on the birds of America produced the outstanding work on North American mammals in the 19th century. While America’s animals were discovered over a period of time going back to the 1600’s, they were not described and illustrated in one publication until Audubon and his co-author, the Reverend John Bachman published the Imperial Folio of quadrupeds. 

At the time, information was scarce and much of western America was still poorly known. The project proved challenging partly because of the nocturnal habits of many mammals. Ultimately, 150 hand-colored lithographs were printed and published between 1845 and 1848. These beautiful and rare prints are will be on display in the Maximus Gallery.


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